Combat Veterans and Fireworks

The neighborhood where I live has its own Facebook page where people post announcements and searches for lost cats. Last year, about this time, a post appeared from a neighbor who said he was an Iraq War veteran. Fireworks triggered his PTSD, he said, so could we please refrain from shooting them off? By theContinue reading “Combat Veterans and Fireworks”

Living with Stress

You’re not supposed to choose to have stress, but many people do, for good reasons and bad. For many, very many, stress is an acceptable price they pay for values they hold dear. I’ve known people who are so dead set against having stress that they don’t try anything new because it’ll make them nervous,Continue reading “Living with Stress”

Dealing with Post-Election Stress

Bringing you the best of mental health On the eve of Independence Day, the Shrink turns to post-election stress. There are three things you can do with your post election stress. The first two are: Speak out Shut upBoth of these methods work to some extent, but can also cause stress. Speaking out can causeContinue reading “Dealing with Post-Election Stress”

The Shrink’s Links: An Honest Meditation

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. If you enjoy meditation, and don’t mind profanity, try this the next time you need to relax. If you don’t like meditation, but like to laugh, send the children out to play, and watch this video, as long as you don’t mind profanity. Click here toContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: An Honest Meditation”

The Shrink’s Links: Hugging till Relaxed, the Video

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. Hugging till relaxed is elegant and simple. The basics require four sentences: stand on your own two feet. Put your arms around your partner. Focus on yourself. Quiet yourself down – way down. – David Schnarch Watch the video and learn:

What is Madness?

Someone asked why the name of this blog is Madness 101. Shouldn’t I call it Mental Illness 101? Isn’t mental illness the proper, politically correct term? It is, but it’s not really mental illness that I’m writing about. I’m writing about the related subject of madness. Illness is something that happens to you beyond yourContinue reading “What is Madness?”

The Shrink’s Links: Still I Rise

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: Still I Rise Feeling oppressed? Recite this poem to yourself and you’ll feel ready to take it on, anyway. Good for all types of oppression. Click here to go to the link Related articles The Shrink’sContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Still I Rise”

The Shrink’s Links: Abundance Mentality

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: How to Create an Abundance Mentality Are you focused on abundance or scarcity? The choices or the limits? The opportunities or the barriers? Life or Death? It makes a difference. Click here to read more